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Visit to Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Research at the University of Melbourne

On 6 March I visited the Peter Cook Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Research based at the University of Melbourne to discuss the excellent work being undertaken in conjunction with CO2CRC, the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute and the Melbourne Energy Institute. The Government is looking at all opportunities to resolve our energy dilemma and CCS has a role to play as a low emissions technology.  It can be applied to energy production from all fuel sources as well reduce emissions in industrial processes.


Turning the sod at the North East Community Hub in Balwyn North

On 6 March I was honoured to represent the federal government at the turning of the sod for the $17.2 million North East Community Hub project in Balwyn North. The federal government has invested $3.2 million in this important project. The Hub will house community meeting and function rooms, a library lounge, the North Balwyn RSL and its memorabilia, the Greythorn Maternal and Child Health Centre, the Greythorn Early Childhood Centre and Kindergarten, consulting rooms for allied health services and include around 70 underground car parking spaces. The project will also create a new public park including an RSL memorial and upgrade to Centre Way, to integrate the building into the Greythorn Shopping Centre.

The project should be completed by mid 2018 and it is estimated that it will attract more than 155,000 locals annually, across the range of services. It is designed to revitalise an under-utilised recreational and retail precinct and will increase employment opportunities and trade at the Greythorn Shopping Centre. It is estimated that 100 new jobs will be created during the construction phase.


Glenferrie Road Festival

On 5 March I visited the Glenferrie Road Festival and caught up with John Pesutto, the state member for Hawthorn and locals at what is always a really fun day. 




Clean Up Australia Day

On 5 March 2017 I joined John Pesutto MP and members of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie at Patterson Reserve in Hawthorn for the annual Clean Up Australia Day. More than half a million Australians will join Clean Up Australia Day activities today to clear up rubbish on our streets, in our parks, bushland, beaches and waterways and to protect our most valued natural assets. The first Clean Up Australia Day was held in 1990, and it has since become Australia’s largest community-based environmental event, with Australians having collected over 331 thousand tonnes of rubbish.


World Wildlife Day 2017

Today 3 March 2017, I celebrated Word Wildlife Day with the Threatened Species Commissioner at Strathcona Baptist Grammar School, Canterbury, to recognise and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants and more particularly our own threatened species.

This year World Wildlife Day is under the theme “Listen to the young voices”, to inspire young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife. It is a day we celebrate the world’s remarkable animals, and especially the remarkable and unique animals that call Australia home including cockatoos, rosellas, wallabies and bilbies. 

The Australian Government is also pleased to report on World Wildlife Day it is on track to invest more than $210 million through our Threatened Species Strategy. The Threatened Species Strategy is a plan for how we will prioritise our efforts and to work in partnership with the community and state and territory governments over the next five years. The Strategy sets out a road map and highlights how our approach of science, action and partnership can be used to achieve the long-term goal of reversing species declines and supporting species recovery. Already the Fund is helping species like the beautiful helmeted honeyeater, the avian emblem of Victoria, which has doubled in numbers.

World Wildlife Day Festivities also coincided with Clean Up Australia Day activities at Strathcona Baptist Grammar School ahead of the official day on Sunday 5 March 2017.

More information about how you can get involved in Clean Up Australia Day can be found here: http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/get-involved/









Australian Forest Products Association industry dinner

On 1 March, I joined the Australian Forest Products Association at their industry dinner in Canberra, together with my colleague, Assistant Minister Anne Ruston. The forestry and forest products industry is a significant part of the economy, with over $20 billion in annual turnover and an estimated 120,000 Australians working in the full value chain. In my keynote address I talked about energy policy, which is important to the industry given their large energy use, which is often gas. I also spoke about renewable energy and climate change policy, providing an update on the Emissions Reduction Fund, the plantation method and the Government's climate review.





Our Lady of Good Counsel School visits Parliament House

On 1 March 2017, I enjoyed welcoming the Year 5 and 6 students from Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Deepdene, to Parliament House, Canberra. Thousands of Kooyong’s 30,000 school students experience Canberra and Parliament each year. During their visit to Canberra the students experienced the National Gallery of Australia, the High Court of Australia and Parliament in action. I met with Our Lady of Good Counsel students during the parliamentary role play education program and spoke with them about  the role of a Member of Parliament, the seat of Kooyong, and the three levels of Government. 




Scotch College's Year 12 politics class visits Parliament House

On 1 March 2017, I had the pleasure of welcoming the Year 12 politics class from Scotch College to my office at Parliament House, Canberra. We had a great discussion about politics and Parliament and they had a series of insightful questions about my portfolio and the operation of Government. Following their visit with me the students toured Parliament House and met with a number of politicians and the Speaker of the House.




Camberwell Primary School and Hartwell Primary School visit Parliament House

On 28 February 2017, I enjoyed welcoming the Year 6 students from both Camberwell Primary School and Hartwell Primary School to Parliament House, Canberra. 100,000 students visit Parliament House each year. Both schools toured Parliament House and participated in the parliamentary role play education program. I spoke with the students about the structure and routine of Parliament House and my role as both the Federal Member for Kooyong and Minister for the Environment and Energy. 





Meeting with Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Dr Fatih Birol

On 22 February  I welcomed Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), to Canberra. Australia has been a member of the IEA for almost 40 years, which has provided us with an important forum to discuss the changing energy market and the importance of energy security and energy supply. We had a broad ranging discussion about the IEA’s support of the Finkel Review, with Dr Birol providing global perspectives as to what can be done to stabilise the system in light of the increased uptake of renewables as well as the importance of base-load generation and particularly gas. We also talked about new technology including carbon capture and storage, high-efficiency, low-emission coal-fired power stations as well as battery storage.


 

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